The manner in which the Seminary community governs itself exhibits how important each person’s contribution is to the interdependent working of the community. Constitutional authority for the governance of the Seminary rests with the Board of Trustees, which has delegated certain governance responsibilities to the faculty.
The oversight of the immediate operation of the Seminary is provided by the faculty and various offices of the administration. The faculty exercises certain of its responsibilities through a Seminary Plan of Governance, which includes members from all parts of the community, including students’ spouses, who meet in standing committees to take on community, church, and wider world issues and offer recommendations to the decision-making body called the Seminary Council. The Council includes members of the faculty, some administrators, staff representatives, and students elected by the student body.
The Seminary Council has approximately one student member for every two faculty members. There are five standing committees that help the community remain faithful to God’s call in the community and the world: the Academic Committee; Christian Life Committee; Community Affairs Committee; Committee on Cultural and Religious Diversity; and the Gender and Ministry Committee. These committees and their task forces are responsible for the many social activities and learning experiences that bind together the people of God.
The management and control of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary is vested in its Board of Trustees, an elected body of up to 37 members. The Trustees give oversight to the operations of the Seminary through shared governance with the Seminary President and its faculty. The Trustees elect the President and faculty and confer degrees. The Board of Trustees has responsibility for the policies governing all aspects of Seminary life.
The Board of Trustees meets twice each year for two to three days. The work of the Board is accomplished through its committees, including the following standing committees: Executive, Academic Affairs, Finance, Institutional Advancement, Audit, Governance, and Student Life.
Officers of the Board Chair, Elizabeth Clay Vice Chair, Tim Stoepker Secretary, Glen Bell
Honorary Life Members Pamela G. Kidd, West Olive, MI Robert L. Reed, Cincinnati, OH Lloyd Reuss, Bloomfield Hills, MI Dorothy (Dot) Ridings, Louisville, KY F. Morgan Roberts, Ellenton, FL Jane L. Stevenson, Owensboro, KY Suzanne W. Whaley, Naples, FL
Future Meeting Dates Spring: April 23-24, 2020 Fall: October 29-30, 2020
Trustees Glen Bell, Louisville, KY Mary Gene Boteler, Westerville, OH Daniel Bradley, Terre Haute, IN Elizabeth Clay, Louisville, KY Laurie Laidlaw Deacon, Gates Mills, OH Amos J. Disasa, Dallas, TX Daniel Ellinor, Austin, TX Nancy M. Falls, Nashville, TN Lyle S. Hanna, Lexington, KY Bari S. Johnson, Spring Lake, MI Wayne Kramer, Knoxville, TN Nikki R. Lanier, St. Louis, MO Patricia Maloney, Hunstville, AL Joseph Nash, Greenville, MS Patrick H. O’Connor, Jamaica, NY Alton B. Pollard III, President, Louisville Seminary Donald J. Ridings Jr., Chevy Chase, MD Edwin C. Sanders II, Nashville, TN Anne Steele, Gates Mills, OH Tim Stoepker, Grand Haven, MI Lee Walthall, Birmingham, AL Polly Williams, Waxahachie, TX John Willingham, Doylestown, PA
Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard III
On June 7, 2018, the Louisville Seminary Board of Trustees appointed the Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard III as Louisville Seminary's tenth president. Pollard succeeds the Rev. Dr. Michael Jinkins, who served as president from 2010 to 2018. Pollard formally began his service with Louisville Seminary on September 3, 2018.
A scholar, author, consultant and speaker on the subject of African American and U.S. religion and culture, Pollard was previously dean of the School of Divinity and professor of Religion and Culture at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Pollard said he was drawn both by the history and the current trajectory of Louisville Seminary.
“Rare is the theological institution today that innovates well in contemporary society, modeling theological education for just inclusivity in an increasingly diverse world,” Pollard said. “As much of our society is focused on division, I will ensure that Louisville Seminary will continue to build bridges between people of different religious, social and cultural perspectives, through teaching and scholarship, and the preparation of persons for lives of faithful witness and public service.”
Prior to his eleven years at Howard University, Pollard served as director of Black Church Studies and chair of American Religious Cultures at Emory University, and taught at Wake Forest University and St. Olaf College. He earned degrees from Duke University, Harvard University Divinity School and Fisk University.
Pollard is the author of Mysticism and Social Change: The Social Witness of Howard Thurman (1992), editor of an edition of W.E.B. DuBois’s The Negro Church (2011), and co-authored of Helpers for a Healing Community: A Pastoral Care Manual for HIV/AIDS (2006). He has also edited and co-edited several volumes including How Long This Road: Race, Religion and the Legacy of C. Eric Lincoln (2003); The Papers of Howard Washington Thurman Volumes I and II (2009); and The Black Church Studies Reader (2016). He has also written dozens of book chapters, journal articles, and op-eds.
He serves on the Board of Directors for the In Trust Center for Theological Schools and the Advisory Committee for the Luce Fund for Theological Education. He served on the Board of Commissioners for the Association of Theological Schools from 2010-2016 and was chair from 2014-2016. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Pollard and his wife Jessica have two adult children and one grandson.
The primary responsibilities of the Faculty Council include the review of students; changes in the MDiv, MAR, and DMin curricula; the hiring, periodic review, and promotion of faculty, including adjunct and visiting faculty; review of sabbatical proposals and reports; and meeting accreditation requirements of recognized accrediting agencies for all academic programs. Tenured faculty members have oversight of the hiring and promotion of faculty members. (Some of the foregoing actions require approval by the Board of Trustees; see By-Laws for details.)
The faculty normally meets at the conclusion of the Seminary Council meetings or upon call of the President. The President presides at faculty meetings; in the absence of the President, the Dean presides.
The Seminary Council consists of all faculty, 10 students, the Staff Moderator and an additional representative from the staff, the Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, the Director of the Library, the Registrar, the Dean of Community Life, the Director of Recruitment and Admissions, the Executive Director of the Louisville Institute, the Associate Director of the Louisville Institute, the Coordinator of Academic Support Services, the Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program, the Director of Clinical Training, the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, and the Director of Field Education; all of these Council members have voice and vote.
The areas of responsibility of the Seminary Council are spelled out in the Plan of Governance . They involve specific responsibility for the MDiv, MAR, and MFT curricula and community life.
The President, the Dean, or the President of the Student Body presides.
Senior Administrative Officers
The President meets regularly with senior administrative officers: the Dean of the Seminary, the Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Dean of Student Engagement, the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, and the Executive Director of the Louisville Institute.
The primary purposes of these meetings are to facilitate communication among the three major areas of the administration of the Seminary and to provide a forum for mutual support and encouragement.
Vice President for Institutional Advancement Email Anne
Executive Director of the Louisville Institute Email Edwin
Seminary Dean Frank H. Caldwell Professor of Homiletics Director of the Money Matters for Ministry Program Email Debra
Administrative and Staff Council
The Administrative and Staff Council is composed of all administrative members of the Seminary. Its purposes are to provide communication within the administration, to identify emerging problems or issues to be addressed, and to offer education about the intersecting areas of the Seminary's life. It normally meets once a month during the academic year, and the President presides.